2005: a transition year in webcomics?
Submitted by m_estrugo on December 11, 2005 - 03:01
Hey there, folks.
I've got to admit this hasn't been a good year to me. Terribly serious issues on real life -that are going to continue for a while- swept me off the webcomics field and forced me to put several projects on the backburner, until I find the time to dedicate myself to my little cute cartoon characters, and webcomics in general, again.
Then again, we're in December, the time when people tend to look back and do a review of this year. And I look at the webcomics field and... well, I'm not sure if it's precisely because my attention has been focused elsewhere, but it seems this hasn't been a good year for webcomics.
It looks like the efervescence of past years is gone. That everything we see is more like a repetition of what we saw in 2004, with the same high-profile participants, the same promises of great future, and the same issues attacking webcomickers. I perceive there have been much less webcomics worthy of attention appearing this year, while some of them have ended their online life.
Besides, five years have passed since Scott mcCloud published his book "Reinventing Comics", where he predicted a micropayment system that would benefit web cartoonists (I had the intention to create a comic where I reviewed these five last years to be featured here on Comixpedia, but then things went really wrong at my side of the world). It seems the generalization of micropayment systems isn't mature enough as of yet to work, and some people wonder if it will ever work -remember that fight between Scott McCloud and the creators of Penny Arcade-, especially on an environment like the Internet.
To me, it looks like 2005 was a transition year for webcomics, a dry year, with few worthy moments, where most webcartoonists just recurred to preseverance in hopes to find better times in the future.
But then again, and considering the little attention I've got to webcomics all this time, I could be totally wrong. What do you think it was worth of mention this year?